Sunday, April 22, 2007


"All resources, like land, minerals, trees, are all needed by human beings. As it is limited, we compete for them. So those who have power can access them and decide who can and can’t use them. Those who feel they are not given the opportunity, they react and seek justice. They are being denied human rights, and this is how conflicts, and eventually, wars start. So I’m trying to tell the world that if you want to live peacefully, we must manage these limited resources. We must share them and not too many should feel they are being excluded. We need a governance that respects the rule of law and human rights and that of minorities, who don’t have the political power to defend themselves."

Wangari Maathai, the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize 2004, also the first African woman to do so, spoke these words during an Interview by Shekhar Gupta on the program 'Walk the Talk' on NDTV.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Impossible Is Nothing

'Impossible Is Nothing...' reads the billboard of a product, at the south extension shopping area. Sachin Tendulkar endorses that brand. Bleary eyed, I pick up the newspaper at my doorstep to learn that Tendulkar has been dropped from the one day squad. That billboard cruelly sneaks into my mind as I go through the concerned article.

My thought starts to take a journey backwards in time. Some of the most thrilling moments I have experienced as a cricket follower can be credited to the little master. Starting from the first one. Incidentally, my first memory of watching a cricket match on television is that of a festival match during the Indian tour to Pakistan in 1989.

Friday, April 20, 2007


Today, OIL is the biggest killer in Iraq. Gold was the killer in India some centuries ago. The actual impact of those invasions on India, culturally and economically, is for the scholars to decipher. I am certain, though, that a lot of innocent and disadvantaged people suffered then. Many are today suffering in Iraq in the same way, if not worse. So, the fight for resourses rages on between nations. Yesterday, it was gold in India. Today, it is oil in Iraq. Tomorrow, as many experts suspect, it could be water.